Toronto on pace to be the first Canadian city to reach one million vaccine doses
The City of Toronto has been working with all healthcare partners, pharmacies and Toronto Public Health to administer all available COVID-19 vaccines. To date, 710,852 COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered in Toronto. Currently, people age 50 or older who live in high-risk areas as identified by postal code can book vaccination appointments online or by phone at City-run COVID-19 immunization clinics.
Following this week’s provincial announcement, the Team Toronto approach is shifting further towards vaccinating essential workers where they live – in areas where we know there are high COVID-19 case counts. Hospital and healthcare partners have clinics up and running vaccinating residents in hot spot neighbourhoods right now.
Yesterday, for example, Scarborough Health Network held a mobile clinic at a high school in a hot spot neighbourhood where they vaccinated staff and students. Over the weekend, Michael Garron Hospital and East Toronto Health Partners will hold pop-up clinics at a grocery store in a hot spot area and vaccinate people age 18 and older.
As of this morning, approximately 222,085 people have booked COVID-19 vaccination appointments at a City-run clinic, an increase of 52,115 people since the vaccine eligibility was expanded on Friday. There are appointments still available. Eligible residents are encouraged to book an appointment through the dark blue “Book a Vaccine” button with the added option of booking by phone through the Provincial Vaccine Information Line at 1-888-999-6488. For more information about what to expect when you get a COVID-19 vaccine please see here
The City and healthcare partners are working to operate a total of approximately 34 clinics today, including mobile teams and on-site clinics, to vaccinate priority groups identified by the Province of Ontario’s priority framework. These clinics are only vaccinating those in the priority groups who have confirmed appointments.
The City, Toronto Public Health, hospitals and community healthcare centres are all working together to get Torontonians vaccinated as quickly as possible. Getting vaccinated protects individuals, their close contacts and the community. As vaccine supply for the general population becomes widely available from the Government of Canada and the Province, more than 350 clinics, including pharmacies and mobile clinics across Toronto, will vaccinate people following the priority framework established by the Province.
In order to stop the spread of COVID-19 in the community, protect the healthcare system and save lives, the City continues to urge all residents to follow the Provincial Stay-at-Home order and only go out for essential reasons such as grocery shopping or for exercise.